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03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Michelle Williams Breaks Her Silence About Ledger: "My Heart Is Broken"

Michelle Williams released her first statement since the death of former fiancee Heath Ledger. The pair have a two-year-old daughter Matlida Rose.

"Please respect our need to grieve privately. My heart is broken. I am the mother of the most tender-hearted, high-spirited, beautiful little girl who is the spitting image of her father. All that I can cling to is his presence inside her that reveals itself every day. His family and I watch Matilda as she whispers to trees, hugs animals, and takes steps two at a time and we know that he is with us still. She will be brought up with the best memories of him."

The pair met on the set of "Brokeback Mountain" and split late last summer after three years together.